Do you guys think it'd be possible to gather enough hockey fans in Toronto and New York and stage (peaceful) protests outside the NHLPA and NHL's office one day? Of course this couldn't be a spur of the moment thing, it'd have to get media attention and enough people to want to do it for it to have any effect.
I mean I doubt it will actually have any bearing on the negotiations, but I think the message would be heard loud and clear by both sides. Thousands of angry hockey fans with inside out jerseys on (just an idea) on the Sportscenter in both countries would be an example of what we can do as fans.
The players especially need to know that the people are not all necessarily on their side as a lot of them seem to believe.
Anyone down? HF has the capability of getting things to go viral (see: Rory Fitzpatrick the all-star). These days with Twitter and Facebook its easy to spread the message.
All it would take would be one Facebook group where we all joined and invited our friends. Let guys like Mirtle, McKenzie and Wyshinski know to spread the word. Our date can be a key date before more cancellations are announced, maybe the end of this month.
I'm maybe getting a little too carried away here, but I really think there are enough upset hockey fans in those too cities (like myself) that we could get a really huge amount of people outside the offices.
We could also shamelessly promote HFBoards
I will now turn it to the masses to see what they think.
I'll start a Facebook group tomorrow afternoon and see how it goes.
Note: I've posted this thread in the main board, Rangers, Devils, Islanders and Leafs boards, in case not everyone reads the main board.
showing up in protests will only reinforce the notion to the league that fans are still very much passionate, and will return with their wallets to arenas and shops once the lockout is over. Even if it lasts a whole season. This will not motivate them increase negotiations
And I don't mean to come off as a preachy bleeding heart here, but if you plan on devoting your time to public protests, should hockey/NHL really be your number one priority.
Why would you want to waste so much energy on two parties that clearly don't care?
The best thing we can do is STOP caring, STOP talking, and most importantly STOP watching. They don't care about the fans, it's quite clear. They expect us to be there from Game 1 (and we likely will be).
Surprising the league by cutting them out - temporarily or permanently - is the only way to 'stick it to the man'.
If you really wanted to send the league a message, I'd suggest organizing something where a significant number of fans don't attend the first game of the next season. There's nothing that anyone can do about this lockout, but you can show the league (Bettman) you wouldn't be supportive of another one.
Honestly, I think that protesting would be a mistake. It would show the owners that we do care, and that we will come back like after the last lockout, just as Bettman said.
As someone above posted, if very few people go to the first couple games, that sends a message. Protesting just shows that we want them back, which is the last thing we should do because they'll just take advantage of our loyalty.
Protesting will just show that you really care about hockey and will become fans again whenever they come back. I don't think protesting will have any positive effects towards a deal getting done sooner. If anything happens from it I think both sides would see that there will still be fans, no rush to get a deal done.
If you want to start a facebook group to stick it to the NHL, then start one called "Former NHL Fans."
People can talk about what sports they are now watching/attending instead of NHL games, or what they are doing with the disposable income formerly spent on tickets/Center Ice TV packages. I had money saved for a jersey, I bought a Blu Ray player with it (and still had change to pick up a pizza to eat while I watched the Avengers on it).
paulster said it best, though. "Apathy is your best weapon."
yeah, apathy is the way. i know it's easier for someone like me who likes every major sport (NBA league pass is the best $100 i've ever spent) than for the hockey-only fans, but the only way this process is getting short-circuited is if they honestly believe they'll lose more revenue from lost fans than they will from not breaking the players.